World-Class Golfers Tee Off

Cancun hosts only Latin American professional tourney

By: Lisa Jennings

Aiming to spotlight Cancun as a golf destination, the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort hosted the 46th Mexican Open in December, drawing professional golfers from around the world.

Part of the 2003 American Express Tour de Las Americas, the tournament was broadcast to an estimated 120 million house-holds on ESPN, CNBC and the Mexican television station TV Az-teca. It is the only professional golf tournament for South and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Columbian Eduardo Herrera won the Open with a final round of 70 and a 10-under par 278 for the four rounds. American Jeff Burns and Argentinean Eduardo Argiro shared second place, each finishing one stroke behind Herrera.

The tournament, a first for Moon Palace, was a prestigious debut for the resort’s recently opened, par 72 Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

“The feedback from the players has been very positive; they enjoyed the golf course and its challenges. We are looking for-ward to hosting future golf tour-naments at Moon Palace and are excited to be a part of Cancun’s growing appeal as a golf destination,” said Roberto Chapur, president of Palace Resorts.

The Open drew 144 players from the PGA Tour, the Nationwide Tour, the Canadian Tour, the Asia Tour, the Champions Tour, the European Challenge Tour and the Mexican national tour. More than $20,000 was do-nated through the tournament’s Pro-Am event to the Ven Con-migo and Heme Aqui Founda-tions, which provide support for children with special needs.

Palace Resorts operates six all-inclusive properties in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Moon Pal-ace also offers golf packages.